Book Review: The Legend of the Christmas Cookie {by Dandi Daley Mackall}

I can’t say it bothers me that the publishers I review for are mostly offering Christmas books right now. In fact, I love it! It’s probably a little early for most of you yet, but just to give you a heads up – this is a classy new children’s book (focusing on the 4-8 range) which tells a sweet story about the real reason we bake Christmas cookies.

An absolutely lovely book (both the writing & artwork) to teach children a broader view of Christmas, how to love others and also learn a little history. We love this book in our house!

The Legend of the Christmas Cookie

Not ever wanting to lead you astray, I did do some reading into the history and sure enough, this “legend of the Christmas cookie” definitely fits what the author references as far as time periods and traditions.

The story takes place in the Great Depression and focuses on a boy named Jack who helps his mother make Christmas cookies. He’s baffled and a little unhappy at why they’re doing this for the needy when he feels so needy himself sometimes. But his mother tells him the legend of when this tradition began – how cookies were baked into images that told the story of Jesus’s birth and then were used to tell the gospel news to the poor and illiterate.

Jack’s young eyes were beginning to open as to how we as Christians are called to be cheerful givers, serve those around us and also have gratitude. His action in the end of the book toward an old man should give inspiration to any reader, young or old, to do these right things.

The back flap of the book has cookie recipes and now I’m wondering where I can get my hands on some of those springerle molds…particularly ones that tell the Holy Birth Story – how neat would that be!

If you’re looking for more Jesus-focused holiday books, this is a lovely one to add to your collection or wish list. I’m thankful to now own it for my family to enjoy.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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